RC Hotel Kyoto Yasaka — Concrete Interior
As previously mentioned, we divided our nights in Kyoto into two; one stay in the centre and one in the Higashiyama district. For the latter, we stayed in the newly-opened (like 3 days before our visit kind of new) RC Hotel and although we were a little apprehensive about our stay we a) really liked the look of the interior b) didn't really have the luxury of choice as we were booking with such late notice. We booked via Airbnb because they hadn't set up their accounts on any of the booking websites at that point. The more I write about this the more I realise that it was quite a risk for us to stay there but that didn't matter to us at the time and it worked out very well in the end...
It's located almost at the very top of the main street in the district - just past the Yasaka Pagoda so we found it really easily... Not so easy to transport our suitcases but that only made us very glad that we'd packed super super light (half an Away carry-on each!) but more on that in another, more technical post.
The hotel is a reconditioned apartment block and the only reinforced concrete building in the district - or at least that we could see.
We missed out on the last double room so ended up in a twin. There was plenty of room, plenty of light and it enabled us plenty of freedom too.
The interior was fairly simplistic; stripped back to its original raw concrete textures and finished with special touches - beautiful hardware, unique furniture, a fridge, kettle and great bathroom (the Japanese are brilliant at bathrooms!) There was also a box full of travel/wash amenities including slippers and toothbrushes.
RC Hotel is more serviced apartments than a traditional hotel, but it does have a reception (staffed during the day) with a bar/lounge area and also laundry facilities - something that we found really useful with our capsule travel wardrobe. We love our independence when it comes to accommodation and this provided everything we needed - kind of like a home away from home. One extra special draw was the rooftop and the opportunity to get up higher than the other buildings and watch the sun rise and set over the district.
and a link to the Airbnb listing if you prefer to book that way
We also made a short video of our trip to Japan, click here to check it out.